Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. on CBS, leading into Kentucky vs. Tennessee, the Selection Committee will reveal the top four seeds in each region of the NCAA Tournament as though the regular season ended tonight. This is the third year the Selection Committee has given fans and teams this “sneak peek” of the top 16 teams and today, John Calipari said he likes it because it makes the process more transparent.
“I’m glad they’re doing what they’re doing,” Calipari told reporters. “It just kind of holds you accountable. That’s why I like it being done. If you’re No. 13 and you win 8 out of 9 and you go to No. 22, ‘Why did that happen?’ You can’t do that now. Or, if you’re No. 12 and you lose, ‘Well, they lost but that’s different because of where they are in their league’ and all that. You can’t do that now. I like it. Put it out. Let us finish the season. Let’s see who does what. Go from there.”
Despite the sneak peek and the fact that athletic director Mitch Barnhart is on the Selection Committee (although he has to be out of the room when Kentucky is discussed), Calipari said he’s resigned to the fact that bias will always play a part in seeding.
“I don’t expect us to have an easy path when we’re in that tournament. I just don’t. We’re not going to. And I expect some teams to have an easier path. I just expect it, so then you’re not upset. They may surprise me. Nah. No way.”
Joe Lunardi updated his Bracketology this morning and still has Kentucky as a five-seed. In his update earlier this week, CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm had the Cats as a six-seed. Andy Katz believes Kentucky will be a five-seed. The Cats’ NET ranking, which the Committee uses to sort teams, is currently No. 24.
Will Kentucky be one of the top 16 teams tomorrow? Like Calipari, I’m going in with low expectations.